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O’Mahony decision on constituency move imminent

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O’Mahony decision on constituency move imminent


Áine Ryan

AFTER much speculation, Fine Gael headquarters last week confirmed that Deputy John O’Mahony has been asked to transfer to the Galway West constituency to fight next year’s General Election. However, speaking to The Mayo News yesterday, O’Mahony declined to confirm if he would enter the fray in a new constituency citing the fact that he had built up a loyal base in Claremorris. He confirmed he would announce his decision very soon.  
Mr O’Mahony also said that the dynamics were more complex than gender quotas, as suggested in a report in last week’s Irish Times.
“I have been privileged to represent the people of Mayo for two terms now and have built up a political base here, so any decision I make will not be taken lightly,” John O’Mahony said.      
In the latest boundary redrawing a large swathe of his heartland in south Mayo was moved into the Galway constituency and polls would indicate that the Fine Gael blue tsunami of 2011 – which delivered four out of the five seats in Mayo – will not be repeated.
Speaking to The Irish Times, Mr O’Mahony said he was being treated like ‘a moveable feast’ to ensure that his party complied with the gender quota legislation.
“I’m being used as the movable feast because of gender quotas. I’d expect I’m not the only one around the country in the same situation … There’ll be a number of male TDs that will be, if you like, movable feasts. In other words, male sitting TDs, and that’s the case for me as well. Now maybe others would argue it could be location as well, but certainly a dynamic in it is the gender quota.”
Mr O’Mahony told The Irish Times he hoped to run again and was working closely with the party about his decisions.